McKinlay Street Car Parking Precinct Update
Planning for future car parking in Victor Harbor’s town centre is really important in order to support the growth and development of our city.
The idea of a multi-deck car park in Victor Harbor was introduced in 2006 within the Town Centre Master Plan. The plan specifically earmarked McKinlay Street as the preferred location for the development of this facility.
The notion of a multi-deck car park in McKinlay Street was reinforced within a range of strategic plans that followed including the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Master Plan, Development Plan Amendments and the Town Centre Traffic Movement and Car Parking Strategy.
In preparation for multi-deck car parking, the Council progressively purchased properties in McKinlay Street and owns a parcel of land from 8-26 McKinlay Street. The most recent purchase was the house located between the two existing car parks which has recently been demolished to provide additional temporary car parking within McKinlay Street.
While Council works towards its vision for parking in McKinlay Street, the owners of the nearby Anchorage Hotel are also working on a significant redevelopment proposal which has resulted in planning approval for a six storey hotel on Flinders Parade and an associated multi-deck car park on Council-owned land in McKinlay Street.
When initially presented with the proposal in early 2019, Council gave an in principle agreement to accommodate car parking associated with the redevelopment on a portion of the land it owns. Following this, the Council sought the community’s views and expectations in terms of parking in McKinlay Street and the wider town centre.
The progression towards delivering a multi-deck car park within Victor Harbor’s town centre has been a collaborative process, and discussions are continuing with the proponents of the Anchorage Hotel to finalise an agreement between the parties. The proposed car park would make provision to meet the parking requirements of the Anchorage Hotel development while also providing additional parking capacity available to the public.
At this stage it is anticipated that the car park would occupy around half of the entire site footprint. However there will be provision for future expansion across the entire site in a manner that also provides flexibility for future development and land use options in the precinct. The carpark is expected to be delivered by the Anchorage proponent with completion to align with completion of the Anchorage development.
The Anchorage Hotel development and associated multi-deck car park will be a significant economic driver for Victor Harbor and the southern Fleurieu, and has the potential to provide great community outcomes in terms of central parking in the town centre.